These bookmarks came about for 3 reasons:
1)My daughter has turned into an avid reader, and 2) she's always asking me to make/buy bookmarks for her, and 3) I can't stand to let beautiful scraps languish in storage. Sooo, here is a quick and easy way to make good use out of your tiny scraps and give a little bit of handmade love at the same time.
Start by cutting 2 complimentary pieces of fabric into whatever size you want your bookmark to be. This black and white one is 7 inches long by 2 1/2 inches wide.
Cut 2 pieces of interfacing the same size as the fabric (I used Pellon Decorbond #809).
Following manufacturer's directions, fuse interfacing to the BACK side of both fabric pieces.
Place pieces together, right sides facing out, and stitch 1/4 away from edge all the way around fabric, EXCEPT leave an opening at the top of the bookmark to insert your ribbon "tail" into.
Using pinking shears, pink the raw edges all the way around.
Cut whatever colors and combination of ribbon you wish, and insert it into opening at top of bookmark. Stitch top of bookmark, making sure that the stitches secure the ribbon that is tucked inside.
Cut the ends of the ribbon in a V, then seal with Stop-Fray or heat seal with an open flame, making sure not to let the flame actually touch the ribbon.
Here is the coordinating flip-side of one of the bookmarks.
And there you have it! I'm thinking of making Halloween-themed ones for all the students in my kids' classes to pass out at Halloween in lieu of the over-abundance of candy everyone always gets. We'll see how much time/energy I have when it gets a little closer...I always have the best of intentions about stuff like that, and then life happens and I end up doing whatever is the quickest and easiest thing. I'm sure some of you can relate to that, right? Please say yes.